Created in 2010 by the French artist Théo Mercier, Le Solitaire (aka The Loner) is a strange sculpture of a monster made completely of Spaghetti. Standing nearly 10-foot-tall, this mysterious beast is a surreal sight but there’s a great sadness to it too. It’s odd how Mercier can evoke such sympathy from such a strange figure yet behind its simple form there’s an odd sadness and empathy to it too.
The New York Times has put together their 2013: The Year in Pictures feature which, as always, is a powerful look at the past 12 months told through the images their photographers have taken. Featured are a number of powerful photos that show the tragedies of the year, but also the joyous moments as well. Culture editor Dana Jennings sums it up nicely:
The year, of course, wasn’t all blood and guts, and these photos reflect that, too: ballgames were played, marriages made, Shakespeare performed — whether the government shut down or not. I found myself hooked hardest by those images that seized the rare quiet moment, scenes that pirouetted away from hype and cliché, showing us at our most human, and our most vulnerable.
In Western culture we often measure our happiness by the things we own. The more stuff you have the happier you are. With that in mind, it’s quite humbling to see these photos by Huang Qingjun which show Chinese families and all of their possessions in one photo. Perhaps I’m romanticizing the plight of poor Chinese, but I feel like there’s something envious about the idea of living with so few things. Qingjun’s subjects range from all over the country, in all kinds of dwellings, which helps round out the idea.
Rebranding anything iconic is a stressful gig. The older it is the more sentimental value/baggage attached, making the sometimes overdue changes all the more difficult. When I saw that Tad Carpenter had recently updated his portfolio I came across his elegant and respectful rebranding of Harvey’s, an iconic restaurant that was opened almost exactly 100 years ago.
Harvey House Diner was a staple in Kansas City’s Union Station starting in 1914. The diner would greet thousands of travelers as they would arrive from all over the country by train at the historic Union Station. Fred Harvey’s original Harvey House has been long gone, but our new Harvey’s at Union Station is a nod to that historic diner. Despite almost 100 years between the two concepts opening their doors, both the new Harvey’s and the original share the same core values of quality food, quality service and quality company.